They say that you never get a second chance to make a first impression. Well for Jets rookie RB Joe McKnight, the second impression was just as bad as the first.
McKnight spent most of Saturday dropping passes, or taking a knee with a towel wrapped around his neck, one day after the rookie from Southern California puked on the field.
“He’s fighting through it,” coach Rex Ryan said. “It’s funny. Every time I look around, he’s got a wet towel around his neck… then he’s making one mistake after another. Then you put the ball in his hands – and he’s pretty good.
“I don’t know exactly what it is, but he’s fighting through it. Sometimes it takes a player a little longer to play like a Jet. Maybe the tempo’s different (from college). I don’t know.”
Of course, Ryan was quick to point out that there was a near panic when Shonn Greene struggled at rookie camp last season.
“Just go back to last year,” Ryan said. “Remember when you guys were telling me, ‘Shonn looks terrible.’ I’m like, ‘No, just play the deflection.’ Remember he couldn’t catch anything. Shonn Greene pulls up in the first special teams part of practice and I think he ended up working out really well. I don’t think we need to overreact with this.
“He still does some great things out there. I don’t know if it’s so much his physical conditioning. It may be a bug. The thing I appreciate about him is he is trying to fight through it, albeit on a knee most of the time (laughter), but he’s fighting through it.”
Well the New York media is known to give players ample time to work through their problems, so McKnight should be fine.